We do hope that you will find among these pages many famous and favorite piano pieces that you have been looking for and wanting to learn how to play them for so long. We do wish that after a short time of self-teaching you will realize the many immediate benefits and eventually have your moments of ecstasy enjoying the melodious sound of your own playing.
Most of us whenever we have the time and opportunities to learn how to play the piano, including young children learning the piano for the first time, have come to giving up because of the prospect of having to sit down many long hours to rehearse the unrelated exercises which we find more boring than difficult. Over time, the initial excitement is gone and we simply practice and rehearse the music mechanically. We eventually forget those main reasons that motivated us wanting to learn how to play this instrument in the first place.
Until today, most programs designed to teach how to play the piano have tended to focus on training students to become professional pianists. These methods are completely inappropriate and discouraging to those who want to learn how to play the piano just for fun. The goal is gaining the ability to play a particular favorite piece or to accompany a particular popular song in a reasonably short time without having to spend too much time or effort. The time constraints required by these teaching methods are discouraging to adult beginners, especially those who want to learn the piano after working hours but are not comfortable to learn in a typical environment having small children, or simply can not afford a regular and steady schedule.
With today modern technologies, methods of self-teaching how to play the piano are no longer impractical. You can learn how to play the piano in the comfort of your own home without having to go anywhere. You can establish a daily schedule of practice to maintain your passion with the piano, and to exercise the fingers of both hands to gain flexibility, dexterity, and eventual virtuosity naturally.
The following programs are carefully designed to help all beginners who are in love with the sound of the piano to teach yourself without an instructor how to play this wonderful musical instrument and to achieve satisfactory results within a few months to half a year.
1. Correct posture and hand placement at the keyboard
2. Correct hand and finger movements at the keyboard
3. How to read musical notes
4. Daily finger practice and exercises to gently stretch your fingers to gain strength, flexibility, agility, better endurance and to overcome finger and hand fatigue.
5. How to play chords for vocal accompaniment
6. The basic essential chords for piano accompaniment
7. Major and minor chords for choir and orchestra
8. MIDI Standard (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)
9. Practice exercises level I (introductory level, primarily for children, preschoolers, adults who want to explore his or her musical ability, or those who have just learned some formal introductory piano lessons, very easy to easy short piano pieces with emphasis on keeping a steady beat, and correct finger positioning on the keyboard)
10. Practice exercises level II (intermediate level, most pieces are longer than two minutes, medium to difficult exercises with emphasis on how to read musical notes on both the treble and bass clef, chord progression, and faster tempo training)
11. Practice exercises level III (advanced level, most pieces are five minutes or longer when played at the suggested speed, including many different playing styles, tempos, with emphasis on how to read musical notes in many common major and minor keys)
12. Practice exercises level IV (difficult, requires many years of practice and progressive experience, including popular music genres, with emphasis on how to perform professionally)
13. How to choose the appropriate instrument to practice and perform
14. Benefits and pitfalls you should know before purchasing an acoustic piano or electronic keyboard
15. How to use Finale on a computer to compose or transcribe music with lyrics and graphics
16. How to use Acid Pro to record a rehearsal to correct errors and eliminate bad habits to improve performance, or to produce your own professional quality CD audio.
17. Practice exercises level V (practice exercises for individuals who have partial paralysis or injured fingers with stretching problems, unable to control the finger and hand movements, with emphasis on physical hand and finger therapy more than actual piano playing)
18. Guide to music for relaxation and meditation